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No sleep for firefighters

Lake Valley firefighters went Monday morning straight from a cabin fire behind Crescent V Shopping Center to a wildland fire in Meyers at the 1000 block of San Diego Street.

It was reported at 4:19 a.m. and burned a 30-by-30-foot square of brush and pine. U.S. Forest Service firefighters helped Lake Valley extinguish the blaze and had the scene cleared an hour later.

On Sunday, another wildland fire was sparked after a multimillion dollar home near Cave Rock began to burn around 5:30 p.m. The Pheasant Lane home caught fire after electricity malfunctioned at the rear of the house, said Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection Assistant Chief Bruce Van Cleemput.



“I can’t say enough about the quick thinking of the initial crew and their aggressive firefighting,” he said. “It minimized damage to the home. It was starting to lap into the house.”

The fire spread from the back deck of the home into manzanita, sagebrush and around a propane tank on the property, Van Cleemput said. He estimated the home received at least $100,000 in damage.


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